Stein On Writing

A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466864990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 9757

Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.

Das Leben und das Schreiben


Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 9905

„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Gertrude Stein

Author: Jane Palatini Bowers

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349230049

Category: Authors, American

Page: 174

View: 7749

This volume introduces readers to Gertrude Stein's most difficult works, texts in which Stein pushes against the constraints imposed by the conventions of genre, questions the rules that confine language within pre-ordained structures and invents a kind of process poetics.

Collaborating with Gertrude Stein

Media ecologies, reception, poetics

Author: Solveig Daugaard

Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press

ISBN: 9176853098

Category: Electronic books

Page: 465

View: 4338

The reception of the American avant-garde poet, playwright, art collector and salon hostess Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) has to a wide extent taken place in an aesthetic context prior to her work’s academic and hermeneutic canonization. This thesis is in part a mapping of this transmedia reception as it is played out in a North American context in the period from her death and until today, and in part an account of Stein’s particular collaborative poetics, through which her work invites such a reception. Furthermore, the thesis maintains that we in a contemporary context are experien­cing a still increasing receptivity towards Stein’s oeuvre, that seems more relevant today than ever before. These circumstances, the thesis illuminates and discusses via a media theoretical framework, where Stein’s own work, as well as its aesthetic reception is considered as embedded in a complex media ecology. Media ecology is here conceived as a de­centralized, networked approach to aesthetic phenomena, which is able to contain many types of agents and materialities. The media ecology of an artwork is thus po­tentially made up by the entire network of processes, agents and materials that are relevant to its production, distribution and consumption and influences the subject positions available to the individual agents. Through Stein’s aesthetic reception it is possible to catch sight of important compo­nents that are active in the media ecology but often neglected or considered subor­dinated to text-internal features. These include the material interface of the medium in question, the aestheticized persona of the artist and infrastructures such as the salon, which affect how and to whom the work and its meanings are distributed. The thesis also traces a number of parallels between the media situation of Stein in the beginning of the 20th century and the digital media situation at the verge of the 21st that suggest both explanations for and implications of her increasing contemporary relevance. Receptionen av den amerikanska avantgardepoeten, dramatiken, konstsamlaren och salongsvärdinnan Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) har till stor del ägt rum i konstnärliga sammanhang innan hennes verk kommit att kanoniseras genom akademiska studier och tolkningar. Denna avhandling är dels en kartläggning av denna transmediala reception, såsom den utspelat sig i en nordamerikansk kontext under perioden från Steins död fram till idag, dels en redogörelse för hennes specifika samarbetspoetik som uppmuntrat till en sådan reception. Dessutom hävdar avhandlingen att vi i en samtida kontext upplever en stadigt växande mottaglighet för Steins verk, som tycks mer aktuellt idag än någonsin tidigare. Dessa omständigheter belyser och förklarar avhandlingen med hjälp av ett medieteoretiskt ramverk, där både Steins egna arbeten och deras konstnärliga reception betraktas som inbäddade i en komplex medieekologi. Medieekologi förstås här som en decentraliserande, nätverksorienterad tillgång till estetiska fenomen, inom vilken många typer av aktörer och materialiteter kan ingå. Ett verks medieekologi utgörs således, potentiellt, av hela det nätverk av processer, agenter och material som är relevanta för produktionen, distributionen och konsumtionen av verket i fråga, och påverkar utformningen av de subjektspositioner som är tillgängliga för de enskilda aktörerna. Genom den konstnärliga receptionen av Stein är det möjligt att få syn på viktiga komponenter som är verksamma i medieekologin, men som ofta försummas eller betraktas som underordnade textinterna faktorer, till exempel. Till dessa komponenter hör mediets materiella gränssnitt, författarens estetiserade persona och infrastrukturer såsom salongen, som påverkar hur och till vem verket och dess betydelser distribueras. Avhandlingen följer också en räcka paralleller mellan Steins mediesituation i 1900-talets början och den digitala mediesituation som präglar 2000-talets inledning, vilka kan bistå med både förklaringar och implikationer av Steins växande aktualitet.

Writing Fiction

Creative and Critical Approaches

Author: Amanda Boulter

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137021519

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 7811

Exploring writing as a practice, Boulter draws from the work of writers and theorists to show how cultural and literary debates can help writers enhance their own fiction. Negotiating the creative-critical crossover, this is an approachable book that helps students develop practical writing skills and a critical awareness of creative possibilities.

Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric

Author: Sharon Kirsch

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817318526

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 167

View: 9930

Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric posits that Stein was not only an influential literary modernist, but also one of the twentieth century's preeminent rhetoricians.

How to Grow a Novel

The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466865008

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 8391

Each year thousands of fiction writers, from beginners to bestselling author, benefit from Sol Stein's sold-out workshops, featured appearances at writers' conferences, software for writers, on-line columns, and his popular first book for writers, Stein on Writing. Stein practices what he teaches: He is the author of nine novels, including the million-copy bestseller The Magician, as well as editor of such major writers as James Baldwin, Jack Higgins, Elia Kazan, Budd Schulberg, W. H. Auden, and Jacques Barzun, and the teacher and editor of several current bestselling authors. What sets Stein apart is his practical approach. He provides specific techniques that speed writers to successful publication. How to Grow a Novel is not just a book, but an invaluable workshop in print. It includes details and examples from Stein's editorial work with a #1 bestselling novelist as well as talented newcomers. Stein takes the reader backstage in the development of memorable characters and fascinating plots. The chapter on dialogue overflows with solutions for short-story writers, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. Stein shows what readers are looking for-- and what they avoid-- in the experience of reading fiction. The book offers guidelines-- and warnings-- of special value for nonfiction writers who want to move into fiction. Stein points to the little, often overlooked things that damage the writer's authority without the writer knowing it. And this book, like no other writing book, takes the reader behind the scenes of the publishing business as it affects writers of every level of experience, revealing the hard truths that are kept behind shut doors.

The Problem with Pleasure

Modernism and Its Discontents

Author: Laura Frost

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 554

Aldous Huxley decried "the horrors of modern 'pleasure,'" or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, and Jean Rhys, sought to radically redefine pleasure, constructing arduous and indirect paths to delight through their notoriously daunting work. Laura Frost follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure, connecting modernism's signature characteristics, such as irony, allusiveness, and obscurity, to an ambitious attempt to reconfigure bliss. In The Problem with Pleasure, Frost draws upon a wide variety of materials, linking interwar amusements, such as the talkies, romance novels, the Parisian fragrance Chanel no. 5, and the exotic confection Turkish Delight, to the artistic play of Joyce, Lawrence, Stein, Rhys, and others. She considers pop cultural phenomena and the rise of celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino and Gypsy Rose Lee against contemporary sociological, scientific, and philosophical writings on leisure and desire. Throughout her study, Frost incorporates recent scholarship on material and visual culture and vernacular modernism, recasting the period's high/low, elite/popular divides and formal strategies as efforts to regulate sensual and cerebral experience. Capturing the challenging tensions between these artists' commitment to innovation and the stimulating amusements they denounced yet deployed in their writing, Frost calls attention to the central role of pleasure in shaping interwar culture.

Reading Gertrude Stein

Body, Text, Gnosis

Author: Lisa Ruddick

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801499579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2988

Reading Gertrude Stein traces the evolution of the mind and art of Gertrude Stein from Three Lives through The Making of Americans to Tender...

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Author: Randy Ingermanson,Peter Economy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470530707

Category: Education

Page: 384

View: 1234

Provides step by step instructions on everything an aspiring writer needs to know.

Im Licht des Augenblicks


Author: Garth Stein

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426437449

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 4264

Der Roman „Im Licht des Augenblicks“ von Garth Stein erzählt eine poetische, atmosphärische und tiefgründige Familiengeschichte aus dem Nordwesten der USA. Der 14-jährige Trevor besucht mit seinem Vater das heruntergekommene Familien-Anwesen in der Nähe von Seattle, in dem sein Großvater und seine Tante wohnen. Trevor stöbert durch längst verlassene Zimmer, in Geheimgänge hinter Tapetentüren, immer auf der Suche nach Antworten, vor denen die Erwachsenen zurückscheuen: Warum verletzt man immer wieder die, die man am meisten liebt? Wie kann man Schuld wiedergutmachen? Wie schwer wiegt ein Geheimnis, das man anderen vorenthalten hat? Seit Generationen scheint ein Fluch auf Trevors Familie zu lasten. Doch nun macht sich der gewitzte Trevor auf, die Wahrheit zu entdecken und auszusprechen. „Ich habe „Im Licht des Augenblicks“ verschlungen. Ein großes, wunderbares, Generationen umspannendes Epos, das im Nordwesten der USA spielt. Garth Stein hat uns erneut einen einzigartigen, gefühlvollen Erzähler für die Ewigkeit geschenkt, der uns in eine Geschichte voller Geheimnisse und Sehnsüchte mitnimmt.“ (Maria Semple, Autorin von „Wo steckst du, Bernadette?“)

Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers

Part 1: Writing, Part 2: Publishing

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9780312550950

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 9295

As a master editor, publisher, novelist, and writing instructor, Sol Stein knows what writers face when they sit down before a blank page. This invaluable guide provides quick and handy A-Z reference help for common and more complicated questions: writer's block, writing a difficult scene, preparing a manuscript for publication or submission, plotting, developing a character, and dozens of other topics, listed alphabetically in the table of contents. Stein enables writers to maintain their creative momentum by immediately returning to a manuscript in progress after finding the solution in this book. The book also includes a section on publishing, which details the publishing process and explains the terms all writers need to know. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and specific information, this guide is a must-have reference on the shelves of aspiring and published authors as well as publishing professionals.

The Life and Times of Stein: Volume 2

Or, Germany and Prussia in the Napoleonic Age

Author: J. R. Seeley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107623480

Category: History

Page: 590

View: 3105

Heinrich Friedrich Karl vom und zum Stein (1757-1831) was a Prussian statesman who contributed to the political transformation of Germany and Prussia during the Napoleonic Period. Volume 2 of this three-part biography, originally published in 1878, records Stein's life from 1808 to 1812.

Primary Stein

Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein

Author: Janet Boyd,Sharon J. Kirsch

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739183206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

View: 7976

Following Gertrude Stein’s efforts throughout her life to shift the focus from her personality to her writing, these essays focus on her primary texts, including novels, plays, lectures, and poetry. Contributors to this collection draw on interdisciplinary backdrops to enrich and complicate how we might read, understand, and teach Stein’s writing.

Writing Celebrity

Stein, Fitzgerald, and the Modern(ist) Art of Self-Fashioning

Author: T. Galow

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230119492

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

View: 996

Writing Celebrity is divided into three major sections. The first part traces the rise of a national celebrity culture in the United States and examines the impact that this culture had on "literary" writing in the decades before World War II. The second two sections of the book demonstrate the relevance of celebrity for literary scholarship by re-evaluating the careers of two major American authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.

The Mind of Modernism

Medicine, Psychology, and the Cultural Arts in Europe and America, 1880-1940

Author: Mark S. Micale

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804747974

Category: History

Page: 455

View: 6879

This vanguard collection of original and in-depth essays explores the intricate interplay of the aesthetic and psychological domains during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and considers the reasons why a common Modernist project took shape when and in the circumstances that it did. These changes occurred precisely when the distinctively modern disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis established their "scientific” foundations and achieved the forms in which we largely know them today. This volume examines the dense web of connections joining the aesthetic and psychological realms in the modern era, charting historically the emergence of the ongoing modern discussion surrounding such issues as identity-formation, sexuality, and the unconscious. The contributors form a distinguished and diversified group of scholars, who write about a wide range of cultural fields, including philosophy, the novel and poetry, drama, dance, film and photography, as well as medicine, psychology, and the occult sciences.

Verbales Judo

Die sanfte Kunst der Überzeugung

Author: George J. Thompson,Jerry B. Jenkins

Publisher: MVG Verlag

ISBN: 3961212090

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 4134

Mit diesem Longseller aus den USA lernt der Leser, wie er die größten Kommunikationsfehler durch einfache, leicht zu merkende Strategien vermeiden kann. Verbales Judo ist die Kunst, auf jeden Schlagabtausch perfekt vorbereitet zu sein. Effektiver zuhören und sprechen, andere durch Empathie für sich einnehmen, Konflikte entschärfen und einvernehmlich mit dem Partner oder dem Chef eine Lösung finden: All das und noch viel mehr verspricht George J. Thompson. Mit diesen Tipps muss man keinen Konflikt mehr scheuen!

Poetic Epistemologies

Gender and Knowing in Women's Language-Oriented Writing

Author: Megan Simpson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791444467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

View: 8639

Through detailed readings and interviews, this book provides a valuable introduction to feminist language-poets and to some of the most compelling issues in contemporary poetry.

Gertrude Stein and the Making of an American Celebrity

Author: Karen Leick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113660345X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 7259

This book is a cultural history of Stein’s rise to fame and the function of literary celebrity in America from 1910 to 1935. By examining not the ways that Stein portrayed the popular in her work, but the ways the popular portrayed her, this study shows that there was an intimate relationship between literary modernism and mainstream culture and that modernist writers and texts were much more well-known than has been previously acknowledged. Specifically, Leick reveals through the case study of Stein that the relationship between mass culture and modernism in America was less antagonistic, more productive and integrated than previous studies have suggested.